Chinatown BID Campaign Marches On, Congestion Pricing Redux, Kanye Parties with NuMu

  • Chinatown BID backers appear before City Planning Commission (WSJ).
  • Brokers are high on the LES (Post).
  • Price drop: resale in Norfolk Street’s Switch Building (Curbed).
  • Congestion pricing is back — our representatives in Albany poised to play pivotal roles (Daily News).
  • Tom Robbins pontificates about SPURA, urges CB3 to bring peace to the Middle East (Village Voice).
  • New York’s Conservative Party targets Sheldon Silver in robocall (Capital Tonight).
  • Rapper Saigon teams up with the Bowery Mission to provide blankets to the homeless (Boom Box).
  • Kanye rocks the New Museum’s “Mental States” opening (Guest of a Guest).
  • The war on the San Gennaro Festival (Jeremiah).
  • Red-tailed hawks discover what humans already knew: the food on the Lower East Side is superior (DNA Info).
  • Josh Yuter: the Stanton Street Shul’s tweeting rabbi (Tablet).
  • Secret Lower East Side bar throws in the towel (Grub Street).

Good Morning: Aces and Eights Shuttered, Grand Street Construction, Garden Activists Meet

Photo by Jennifer Strom

If you’ve walked past the bar Aces and Eights, 34 Avenue A, in the last couple of days, you might have noticed those tell-tale yellow signs indicating the business has been closed by “order of the Health Department.” Lo-Down contributing writer Jennifer Strom has been looking into what led to the closure. The chain of events she’ll detail later this morning makes for quite an illuminating story.

Good Morning: Maloney Victorious, Mega-Gallery Preview, Birdbath at the New Museum

The New York Times

The photo in this morning’s New York Times tells the story: Rep. Carolyn Maloney celebrating a convincing victory in the Democratic Primary last night.  In spite of a spirited challenge from challenger Reshma Saujani, she carried the 14th Congressional District (including part of the Lower East Side) with about 80-percent of the vote.